"Winkler County Nurses” win $750,000 settlement - page 2

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commissioners and nurse mitchell react to $750000 settlement 8/10/10‎ beau berman cbs 7 news bberman@cbs7.com august 10, 2010 kermit, texas -... Read More


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    Dr. Arafiles persuaded the county sheriff, Robert L. Roberts Jr., a personal friend and patient, to investigate who had filed the complaint.
    The old axiom holds up again: never trust a man with two first names.

    And the sheriff and DA should both be investigated, as well.
    MissPiggy, Leelee2, and cherryames1949 like this.
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    "The nurses will split at nearly $1,000,000 settlement"
    Wow... I thought $750,000 was 75% of $1,000,000 not nearly $1m.
    The lawyers got the rest.
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    you go girls! you are our heroes.
    Last edit by tnbutterfly on Jan 26, '13
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    $750,000 or even $1,000,000 is not enough to compensate for the career one person let alone two. Yes they have some vindication but even with that it will send a message for the rest of us to keep quiet or else. For a few years now politicians have been yammering on trying to change the public sentiment toward large civil penalties in court cases. Who here think these two people were adequately compensated or if the settlement was large enough to discourage large bureaucratic organizations from ruining other peoples lives for trying to do the right thing. I would feel better if it was $10,000,000.
    Kandy83, CCL RN, MissPiggy, and 4 others like this.
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    Quote from Suethestudent
    "The nurses will split at nearly $1,000,000 settlement"
    Quote from Suethestudent
    Wow... I thought $750,000 was 75% of $1,000,000 not nearly $1m. That is some rounding up, and makes it sound like these two brave nurses won the lottery. They may never work in their chosen field again, so $375,000 each is probably less than 5-7 years pay.
    What an utter disgrace.


    After paying off legal fees and taxes they will probably end up with much less than that.

    As for "letting the sheriff go", sheriffs in Texas are elected, not hired. While the county commisioners might remove one from office under certain circumstances, the same person might very well run in the next election and get elected. Remember, this is the state where an entire cemetary woke long up enough to cast a vote for LBJ in a senate election.

    Hate to say it but, even though vindicated, the nurses may still end up losing.
    CCL RN, oliviajolie, MissPiggy, and 2 others like this.
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    Maybe they'll use the money to get law degrees, and open a practice to help other nurses in similar situations.
    MissPiggy, ANPFNPGNP, and Leelee2 like this.
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    Whistle blowers never, never win. But, having said that, I am awed by these nurses' strength, integrity and dedication.
    Kandy83, CCL RN, MissPiggy, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from Suethestudent
    "The nurses will split at nearly $1,000,000 settlement"
    Wow... I thought $750,000 was 75% of $1,000,000 not nearly $1m. That is some rounding up, and makes it sound like these two brave nurses won the lottery. They may never work in their chosen field again, so $375,000 each is probably less than 5-7 years pay.
    What an utter disgrace.
    It'll be enough for retirement though, won't it?

    "Ms. Mitchell, 53, said in an interview that she was glad to put the case behind her. 'We’ll be able to move on with our lives,' she said. 'We never thought we’d be in this situation at this stage, when we should be settling down and looking toward retirement.' "

    Also, why wouldn't they work in nursing again? Because they can't or you just don't think they'd want to?
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    Haha, looked him up on vitals.com and was amused yet unsurprised by his rating:
    http://www.vitals.com/doctors/Dr_Rolando_Arafiles.html
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    Joan, those are honest questions. I will answer as if they were asked of me. I know that it sounds like a lot of money but 375,000 dollars @ 50,000 dollars a year will only last 8 years. Work in the medical field will be difficult if not impossible for these two. They will have a reputation as troublemakers. This will follow them forever - professionally, financially, and emotionally.
    Kandy83, CCL RN, and imintrouble like this.


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